HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — United Technologies Corp. reported Tuesday its first-quarter profit dropped 4 percent as slightly higher revenue was offset by restructuring costs, asset sales and currency exchange rates.
However, the Hartford, Conn., maker of elevators, helicopters and jet engines beat Wall Street expectations. Net income was $1.21 billion, or $1.32 per share, for the three months ended March 31 on revenue of $14.75 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected earnings per share of $1.27 on revenue of $14.69 billion.
Overall operating profit rose 9 percent during the quarter, adjusted for one-time items and restructuring costs, and United Technologies increased the low end of its 2014 per-share profit guidance to between $6.65 and $6.85 from a range of $6.55 to $6.85. Analysts expect $6.83 per share, on average
The company cited a strong sales outlook and continued cost-cutting for the guidance increase and said it will spent $375 million on restructuring costs this year, up from a previous estimate of $300 million.
Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes cautioned analysts on a conference call that comparisons between reporting periods this year with 2013 will "get tougher," though order trends and markets are in line with expectations.
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